Being Well with Dr. Rick Hanson

By Rick Hanson, Ph.D., Forrest Hanson

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Bestselling authors Dr. Rick Hanson and Forrest Hanson explore how we can become happier, build inner strengths, and get the most out of life.

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Authentic Happiness with Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar
00:51:19

How can we find happiness even when times are challenging? Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar joins us to explore authentic happiness, accepting difficult emotions, and giving yourself permission to be human. 

About our Guest: Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar is the bestselling author of six books, founder of the Happiness Studies Academy, and former professor of two of the largest courses in Harvard’s history. Learn more about his Certificate in Happiness Studies program here. Use the code HAPPY for a 10% discount. 

MILLION DOWNLOAD GIVEAWAY: We hit ONE MILLION downloads earlier this year!  To celebrate, we're giving away a bundle of books to five lucky podcast listeners. Click here for details and to enter.

Key Topics:

2:45: Unhappiness in spite of success.

4:15: How do you define happiness?

5:50: Combining self-actualization with in-the-moment happiness. 

8:45: Accepting our painful emotions. 

10:10: Giving ourselves permission to be human.

19:10: What did students learn in Tal’s courses that they didn’t expect? 

22:30: How to make hard personal choices. 

28:00: Authenticity and comparison. 

30:15: Does pursuing happiness actually make you unhappy?

36:10: Creating lasting change. 

40:10: Happiness as a business value-add. 

43:00: Managing expectations. 

46:00: The Happiness Studies Academy.

Rick's Course: If you'd like to learn more about how to change your brain for the better, check out Rick's Positive Neuroplasticity Training. It's a six-week online course that will teach you how to beat your brain's negativity bias, and have more confidence, compassion, and inner peace. Use coupon code BEWELL50 at checkout for $50 off the purchase price! 

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Sep 14, 2020
How to Change Your Brain
00:56:20

The dirty secret of the personal growth industry, and self-help and psychology more broadly, is that most of what we learn doesn't stick. So, what can we do to achieve the ‘holy grail’ of personal growth – lasting change in our hearts, minds, and behaviors? 

Today, we're exploring the single most important skill we will ever teach on this podcast: How to change the brain in lasting ways.

Rick's Course: If you'd like to learn more about how to change your brain for the better, check out Rick's Positive Neuroplasticity Training. It's a six-week online course that will teach you how to beat your brain's negativity bias, and have more confidence, compassion, and inner peace. Use coupon code BEWELL50 at checkout for $50 off the purchase price! 

Key Topics:

3:30: What is neuroplasticity?

8:00: The power of deliberate practice. 

9:30: Meditation and the brain. 

12:45: Why is it so hard to change? The negativity bias. 

19:45: Human exceptionalism and energy conservation. 

23:00: An experiential example. 

30:30: How to change deep-seated issues. 

36:45: The Positive Neuroplasticity Training.

39:15: Changing self-concept to change behavior. 

49:00: Participating in who you are becoming. 

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Sep 07, 2020
Complex PTSD and Developmental Trauma
00:54:40

What are the consequences of growing up inside an abusive family, and what can we do as adults to heal old wounds? Today we're joined by Pete Walker, a practicing therapist and expert in Complex PTSD.

About Our Guest: Pete is a licensed psychotherapist practicing in the San Francisco Bay Area, who specializes in helping adults who were traumatized in childhood. He’s the author of three books, including Complex PTSD : From Surviving To ThrivingIt’s a practical, user-friendly self-help guide to recovering from the lingering effects of childhood trauma, and to achieving a rich and fulfilling life as an adult.

Pete has a variety of resources on his website, including his 13 Steps of Emotional Flashback Management

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Timestamps:

3:00: What distinguishes CPTSD from PTSD?

5:55: CPTSD as “developmental trauma disorder”

8:55: Presence of the bad vs. absence of the good. 

11:40: The importance of empathy. 

13:35: “They’re crazy or I’m crazy,” and the consequences of that. 

17:10: Healthy anger. 

19:00: Becoming a support to yourself.

21:30: Stages of recovery.

25:00: Corrective emotional experiences. 

27:30: The lifelong process of recovery. 

32:10: Reparenting and the inner child. 

34:45: Managing the relationship with our family of origin. 

41:30: Forgiveness. 

44:30: The inner critic and internalized abusers. 

48:30: A message to your younger self. 

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Aug 31, 2020
Psychological Safety with Dr. Amy Edmondson
00:45:28

What makes for a great team – whether personal or professional – and how can organizations and individuals create a more psychologically healthy environment? 

Many of us have been fortunate enough to be on a really great team…and most all of us have probably been on a bad one. So, what makes for a great team – whether personal or professional – and is it as simple as just being good at your job, or is there more to it than that? It turns out one of the key factors is called psychological safety, which we'll be learning about today with the help of a world-class expert.

About our Guest: Dr. Amy Edmondson is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at Harvard Business School, where she studies teaming, psychological safety, and organizational learning. She’s the author of six books, including her most recent book, The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation and Growth

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Key Topics:

2:00: What is psychological safety?

7:15: How does psychological safety relate to personality?

11:45: Stress and high performance. 

14:00: Me vs. We

17:30: Psychological safety vs. psychological abuse. 

22:00: Creating a safe group environment.

27:00: Accepting responsibility.

31:30: Psychological safety in virtual environments.

34:00: Giving good feedback.

37:30: Just one thing. 

41:30: A message to your younger self.

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Aug 24, 2020
Real Change with Sharon Salzberg
00:48:39

Sharon Salzberg, one of the most prominent teachers of mindfulness in the West, joins us to discuss how we can create real change in our hearts, minds, and lives. 

About our Guest: Sharon Salzberg is a central figure in the field of meditation, a world-renowned teacher and NY Times bestselling author. Her 11th book, Real Change: Mindfulness to Heal Ourselves and the World, comes out September 1st. She's also the host of the fantastic Metta Hour podcast. 

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Key Topics:

2:45: Sharon’s experience over the last few months.

4:30: Feeling the breath.

6:20: Sitting with painful feelings. 

7:15: Turning toward the good, and metta.

10:15: “Mindfulness to change the world.”

13:30: Key skills from Real Change. 

18:00: Dealing with burnout and overwhelm. 

24:30: Grief.

28:00: Effective compassion vs. empathic overwhelm.

33:00: Generosity, and giving to fill your own cup. 

36:00: Metta. 

38:00: Kindness toward difficult people.

40:00: Doing what you can.

42:00: Patience, and putting wins on the board. 

45:00: A message to your younger self.

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Aug 17, 2020
Key Skills for Great Relationships
00:56:58

In part two of our conversation, we explore some of the key psychological skills that lead to a truly great relationship informed by 35 years of couples counseling experience. 

The Relationships Workshop: Join Rick for a live, online relationship workshop that will teach you how to have more fulfilling, effective, and joyful relationships than ever before. It's seven hours of live teaching on August 15 and 16. Follow the slink to learn more, and podcast listeners can enter code BEWELL50 at checkout for $50 off the purchase price! 

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Key Skills:

3:00: Give your full attention. 

6:30: Tune into your body. 

7:20: Cultivate interest. 

11:00: How can we know if we’re actually empathic?

13:00: Your attention is yours

16:00: Accepting some level of discomfort. 

17:45: Getting comfortable with people wanting things from you. 

21:00: Three stories of relating.

22:30: Fulfilling relationship tasks. 

24:30: Changing our relationship to criticism. 

30:30: Chronic giving, and setting firm boundaries. 

37:30: Cultivating a stronger sense of self. 

44:30: Talk about what matters. 

50:50: The desire to be found. 

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Aug 10, 2020
How to Have Great Relationships: Attachment and the Self
00:51:41

We all want great relationships - ones that are fulfilling, loving, stable, and fun. This is the first of two episodes focused on becoming a 'great relater.' Today Dr. Hanson and Forrest focus on understanding our individual attachment style, and how we can work through our personal material. 

The Relationships Workshop: Join Rick for a live, online relationship workshop that will teach you how to have more fulfilling, effective, and joyful relationships than ever before. It's seven hours of live teaching on August 15 and 16. Follow the slink to learn more, and podcast listeners can enter code BEWELL50 at checkout for $50 off the purchase price! 

Key Topics:

0:25: Staying content while  striving for achievement. 

4:00: Information on the relationship workshop. 

6:20: Who helps you feel enlarged? 

7:55: Rick makes fun of Forrest…and managing different levels of standard. 

9:00: Building a good relator.

10:15: Attachment theory

17:00: Getting less attached to our attachment style. 

19:15: Insecure attachment styles. 

23:00: What issues does anxious attachment create?

26:00: A relationship between anxious and avoidant. 

29:00: Skills for relating with an anxious person. 

32:00: Finding optimal distance. 

35:30: Working through a dreaded experience. 

39:30: Exposure and blame. 

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Aug 03, 2020
The Pitfalls of Self-Help: Comparison and The Secret
00:52:00

In the second episode related to the pitfalls of self-help, we explore how individuals and environments can manipulate others by making them feel like something is wrong with them. 

This is a self-help podcast. And there's a lot to like about self-help! But it has it's issues as well. Today we're exploring our exploration of those issues by focusing on painful forms of comparison and the natural vs. supernatural frame.

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Key Topics:

2:45: Being goal directed vs. self-acceptance. 

6:50: Exploitative practices and the fragile psyche. 

10:20: Relating to “problems” in healthy ways. 

14:20: Comparison and creating a sense of lack. 

16:30: Identifying good teachers and communities.

21:30: Comparison.

24:00: Separating means and ends. 

26:00: How to deal with comparison. 

30:30: How much do we actually control?

33:00: The Secret, and the natural vs. supernatural frames. 

39:15: Cheapening the truly transcendent. 

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Jul 27, 2020
Polyvagal Theory with Dr. Stephen Porges
00:51:12

Dr. Stephen Porges joins Rick and Forrest to explore his Polyvagal Theory, which explains how we can use the systems of the body to completely change our relationship with stress. 

About Our Guest: Dr. Stephen Porges is a Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina. In 1994 he proposed the Polyvagal Theory, a theory that slinks the evolution of the nervous system to social behavior and emphasizes the importance of physiological states in our psychological experiences.

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Key Topics:

1:45: Summary of Polyvagal Theory.

6:00: Evolutionary neuro-biology: the three systems of the body.

15:15: The adaptive nature of the three systems.

19:45: Shutdown, trauma, and constructing a narrative. 

23:00: Challenges of COVID to the social engagement system

28:15: How to intervene in the body.

33:00: Being stuck with problematic people.

35:30: Using the breath and staying calm.

38:00: Co-regulation

42:00: A message to your younger self. 

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Jul 20, 2020
The Pitfalls of Self-Help: Forced Positivity
00:45:15

Do self-help environments force us into inauthentic happiness? And how can we move away from the false front, and into more authentic expression? This is the first of a series of episodes dedicated to some of the self-help community's pitfalls. 

This is a self-help podcast. And there's a lot to like about self-help! But it has it's issues as well. Today we're exploring one of them: toxic positivity and forced happiness.

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Key Topics:

3:00: Rick’s personal experience inside the personal development world. 

8:00: Things that tend to limit abuses of power. 

10:00: The democratization of self-help, and related pitfalls. 

18:00: Act, scared self, and true being. 

21:00: Where does toxic positivity appear?

26:00: The importance of authenticity.

29:30: The false front. 

32:30: Encouraging other people to be fully authentic. 

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Jul 13, 2020
Start Now: Mid-Year Resolutions
00:43:15

We're halfway through a very strange year, and it's a good time to take stock, check in with ourselves, and establish some new commitments – even if they’re as simple as being kind to ourselves. 

One way we can reclaim our experience of agency is by finding where we do still have influence over our outcomes. And that’s what we’ll be exploring today: how to start anew under the circumstances we find ourselves in. 

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Key Topics:

3:45: Hope and disappointment. 

7:30: Reckoning, repentance, and renewal. 

11:00: Controlling what you can. 

14:00: Coping with self-criticism and shame. 

18:30: How to approach the future. 

20:45: Building key habits. 

24:00: Changing our identity in order to change our behavior. 

26:30: Forrest's changing identity - moving into empathy. 

29:30: Using key phrases. 

31:00: Rick's changing identity - feeling like a good person.

34:00: Realistic optimism. 

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Jul 06, 2020
Can We Do No Harm?
00:46:41

Is it possible to "do no harm," and should we even try? Dr. Hanson and Forrest explore what it means to do no harm, and the inner resources that allow us to do as little as possible

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Key Topics:

1:10: Reckoning and repenting in this moment. 

4:45: What does it mean to truly do no harm?

6:45: How does doing no harm help us “be well?”

11:30: Reasons to take a collective perspective. 

16:15: Grappling with the reality of causing harm. 

19:00: The importance of repair.

22:30: Extending repair to yourself. 

29:30: Are there necessary harms?

33:00: Resources that allow us to do less harm. 

40:30: What happens when we stop being a danger to others?

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Jun 29, 2020
Unlearning Racist Conditioning with Erin Trent Johnson
00:28:52

What can we do to combat, unlearn, and ultimately unburden ourselves from the influence of systemic structures of racism - both out in the world and inside of ourselves?

About Our Guest: Erin is the CEO, principal coach, and founder of Community Equity Partners, and the senior advisor at the Equity Lab. Erin works with educational, non-profit, government, and tech organizations that are committed to creating equitable and inclusive practices. 

Key Topics:

1:10: Finding hope and awakening in the moment.

6:30: "Unburdening" ourselves. 

9:15: Overt vs. covert structures and systems of racism. 

16:15: Key moments that lead to waking to systemic racism.  

23:30: A message to your younger self. 

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Jun 22, 2020
Healing Our History with Dr. Sherri Taylor
00:39:17

What is intergenerational trauma, how does it influence our lives today, and what can we do to heal and persevere when things get tough?

The events of the past few weeks have cast the importance of healing the wounds of the past into stark relief. Today we’re exploring how the traumatic past, including that handed down through the generations, can influence our lives today. 

About Our Guest: Dr. Sherri Taylor is an assistant professor of somatic psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and also teaches in the clinical psychology doctoral program at The Wright Institute. 

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Key Topics:

4:10: What is intergenerational trauma?

7:30: Adaptive strategies for coping with trauma.

12:30: The primacy of the body. 

15:15: Reclaiming comfort in your body. 

20:45: Sensorymotor psychotherapy

22:30: Being with grief. 

26:15: How to keep going when this process gets hard. 

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Jun 15, 2020
Institutional Racism and Traumatic Stress with Dr. Alfiee
00:43:56

Racism and racist structures place an enormous mental health burden on the people they persecute. Dr. Alfiee joins me to discuss the mental health consequences of institutional racism, unique challenges faced by marginalized youth, disparities in access to mental health services, and the importance of "naming and claiming." 

About Our Guest: Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble is a licensed psychologist who spent 20 years in academic medicine. She's the lead author of The Handbook of Mental Health in African American Youth, the host of the podcast "Couched in Color with Dr. Alfiee," and the founder of the mental health nonprofit the AAKOMA Project.

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CNN Townhall with Dr. Alfiee.

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Key Topics:

2:00: The impact of institutional racism on mental health.

7:00: Forms of exposure to racism.

9:45: Allostatic load, weathering, and secondary traumatic stress.

15:30: Ways to manage traumatic stress.

19:45: Confusing stress and anxiety.

22:30: The importance of accurate labeling.

25:00: AAKOMA and availability of mental health resources.

29:00: Access, and the stigmatization of mental health.

33:30: Removing the stigma.

37:20: A message to your younger self.

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Jun 08, 2020
We Should Be Uncomfortable
00:09:52

It's our turn to be uncomfortable. 

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Racism is a public health crisis. 

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Jun 05, 2020
Living and Dying Well with Frank Ostaseski
00:58:36

What can death teach us about living well? A pioneer in the field of end-of-life care joins us to explore the fear of death, anger, true courage, and acceptance in the face of it all. 

About our Guest: Frank is an internationally respected Buddhist teacher and advocate for compassionate care-giving. In 1987, he co-founded the Zen Hospice Project, which helped establish a longstanding model for mindful and compassionate care. In 2005, he founded the Metta Institute.

Frank is also the author of The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully, which is one of my favorite books.

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Key Topics:

2:00: Frank’s recovery from multiple strokes.

5:30: Fear and choice.  

10:00: What death can teach us about ourselves.

12:20: Supporting caregivers and spreading kindness.

16:40: The fear of death. 

23:30: Coming to terms with the deaths of those we love.

27:00: Allowing.

32:00: Meeting our defenses.

36:30: Removing judgement from anger.

43:00: Bringing wisdom to anger.

44:45: Courage in the world.

47:15: Coming together and falling apart.

54:45: Accepting each other as is. 

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Jun 01, 2020
Transcending the Self with Dr. David Yaden
00:47:36

What does it mean to "transcend the self?" Today Dr. Hanson, Forrest, and Dr. David Yaden explore self-transcendent, or “peak,” experiences, which the famous psychologist Abraham Maslow defined as “moments of highest happiness and fulfillment.”

As a note, David is referred to as a "PhD student" during the episode. Since it was recorded, he's gone on to earn his doctorate. C

About our Guest: David is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Johns Hopkins Medicine who studies the varieties of spiritual and self-transcendent experiences from the perspectives of psychology and cognitive neuroscience. Specifically, he's interested in understanding how these experiences can result in long-term changes to well-being and how they alter the fundamental faculties of consciousness.

Read David's paper on The Varieties of Self-Transcendent Experience here. 

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Key Topics:

3:00: The two key characteristics of self-transcendent experiences.

4:30: “Everyday” versions of peak experiences. 

8:00: Self-transcendence and psychopathology.

11:00: David’s account of self-transcendence. 

13:50: The lasting impact of peak experiences. 

17:00: Is there a “place” where self-transcendence occurs in the brain? 

20:45: Making use of peak experiences.

28:00: Should we seek peak experiences out? 

36:00: Relaxing the sense of self. 

41:30: A message to your younger self.

43:30: Recap

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May 25, 2020
The Science of Well-Being with Laurie Santos
00:54:25

Dr. Laurie Santos joins the podcast to share what the science says about how we can maintain our well-being during this difficult time.

Laurie is a Professor of Psychology and Head of Silliman College at Yale University. Her course “Psychology and the Good Life” is the most popular class in the university’s history. It’s now available for free online as “The Science of Well-Being." She’s also the director of the Comparative Cognition Laboratory at Yale, which explores the evolutionary origins of the human mind

Laurie hosts the critically acclaimed podcast The Happiness Lab. We couldn't recommend it more highly, if you like our podcast you should definitely give it a listen.

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Key Topics:

2:00: Key resources for happiness during pandemic. 

6:00: Understanding and combating logical errors. 

10:00: How to stay strong during a crisis. 

14:30: Developing an internal orientation toward positivity. 

17:15: Key misconceptions about happiness. 

20:30: Intrinsic and extrinsic rewards.

22:45: Self-compassion. 

24:30: What can we learn from monkeys?

31:00: Why didn’t “errors of reasoning” evolve out of us?

34:15: Liking vs. Craving.

37:00: The critical role of lasting learning. 

48:00: A message to your younger self.

 

New Book: If you're interested in Dr. Hanson's work, you'll love his new book Neurodharma! It explores the new science and ancient wisdom for being as wise and strong, happy and loving, as any person can ever be. It's available now through the link. 

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May 18, 2020
COVID and Releasing Obsessive Fear
00:45:07

Can we work with, and release, obsessive fear during this particularly anxiety-provoking time? Dr. Dan Kalb, an expert on anxiety disorders and OCD, joins the show to help us learn how. 

About our Guest:  Anxiety and worry are a part of life. But when they disrupt the normal flow of life, work and school are harder, family and social relationships suffer, and life is not as enjoyable. Dr. Kalb has been a practicing psychologist for over 25 years, and focuses much of his practice on working with people who suffer from this form of extreme anxiety, hoarding, or OCD. 

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Key Topics:

1:45: What is an anxiety disorder?

6:00: Mindfulness and being in the present moment.

11:30: Releasing obsessions, and not becoming ensnared by negative thoughts.

16:45: Acceptance, and useful vs. harmful self-reassurance. 

24:30: Fears of death, and how to manage them. 

29:30: Key techniques for releasing fear. 

 

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May 11, 2020
Creativity and the Enneagram with Sleeping at Last
00:54:52

One of the things that’s always been profoundly interesting to me is the personal and psychological relationship artists have with their work. From finding new sources of creativity, to actually managing their own internal psychological states through the creation of art, there’s always seemed to be such a rich territory, and interplay, between the internal world of the artist and the external expression of art. 

I can think of few better examples of this than today’s guest, an incredible singer-songwriter, producer and composer that you might know by the name Sleeping at Last: Ryan O’Neal.

Over the last seven years Ryan has worked on his Atlas series, an ongoing series of songs based on and inspired by the origins of the universe and all the life that lies within it.  This includes an incredible series of songs based on the Enneagram of Personality, which is my favorite personality typing system.

We explore:

3:00: Sleeping at Last’s background and artistic origin story.

6:30: Music as a kind of journal. 

8:30: How masks allow for vulnerability.

11:10: Writing in theme, and finding safe spaces for emotion through art. 

17:00: Sleeping at Last’s creative process. 

20:00: The Enneagram. 

25:00: Forrest and Type 6

30:30: Ryan and Type 9.

33:50: 6 by Sleeping at Last

38:15: Learning about people through art.

43:00: Pressure. 

44:45: Increasing creative output. 

53:00: A message to Ryan's younger self. 

Listen to the fantastic Sleeping at Last Podcast! On it, Ryan explains the process and inspiration behind his music, and I couldn’t recommend it more strongly.

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May 04, 2020
The Highest Happiness
00:46:48

What is the "highest happiness," and what can we do to achieve it? 

This is the second conversation with Dr. Hanson related to his new book Neurodharma: New Science, Ancient Wisdom, and Seven Practices of the Highest Happiness. Today we're focusing on the final four practices in the book: wholeness, nowness, allness, and timelessness. 

Neurodharma comes out May 5th, and is now available for pre-order. Click here if you'd like to learn more.

As a quick note, this conversation was recorded in early March, prior to the heights of the coronavirus pandemic.

Key Topics:

2:00: Why aim for “the heights of human potential” when the here and now already seems so challenging?

7:30: Wholeness, Nowness, Allness, and Timelessness. 

11:00: What is an aspect of awakening?

14:20: The front edge of now. 

17:00: The value of timelessness for a “normal person.”

23:00: The elements of consciousness. 

26:45: The inherent emptiness of things. 

32:50: Avoiding the pitfalls of emptiness. 

34:30: The apparent self. 

38:00: Our relationship to changing the self. 

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Apr 27, 2020
Neurodharma
00:47:07

Throughout history people have sought the heights of human potential - to become as wise, strong, happy, and loving as any person can ever be. Call these peak experiences, sense of oneness, or enlightenment itself. And now, science is revealing how these remarkable ways of being seem to be based on equally remarkable changes in our own nervous system.

What do those individuals have in common, how did they reach that summit, and what can we learn from them? That's the subject of Rick's new book: Neurodharma: New Science, Ancient Wisdom, and Seven Practices of the Highest Happiness

Neurodharma comes out May 5th, and is now available for pre-order. Click here if you'd like to learn more.

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As a quick note, this conversation was recorded in early March, prior to the heights of the coronavirus pandemic.

Key Topics:

2:15: What is the upper bound of human potential, and why should we care?

5:30: Different ways of knowing ourselves

10:00: How can modern science contribute to personal growth?

15:00: How is the brain of an “enlightened” person different from our own?

20:00: The janas, and how they change the brain. 

24:00: The seven practices of the highest happiness. 

28:00: Experiencing the body as a whole. 

35:00: Balancing me and we. 

40:00: Egocentric and allocentric. 

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Apr 20, 2020
A Meditation for the Helpers
00:18:28

I want to express the profound gratitude I feel toward everyone who is serving others during this time of the Coronavirus pandemic. In particular, healthcare providers, first responders, and the whole ecosystem of helpers who have come together to support us all.

I've received a number of truly humbling requests to offer a guided practice aimed at supporting the inner strengths those providers need so desperately these days. This meditation focuses on cultivating a feeling of both acceptance and calm strength. I hope you find it helpful.

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Apr 17, 2020
Overcoming Compassion Fatigue
00:31:33

So many people have stepped up into helping roles over the last few months - from front-line medical providers to people supporting an at-risk family member, or those who check groceries, drive buses, and deliver the mail. 

Today we're exploring both the direct stress and trauma that people in those roles might naturally be feeling these days, as well as compassion fatigue, sometimes known as “secondary traumatic stress.”

Key Topics:

3:00: The anxiety, outrage, and overwhelm of this moment.

7:00: Finding refuge. 

12:00: Refuge and purpose in the collective experience. 

15:00: Surrendering to the moment as it is.

17:00: Opening to the experience and letting it go. 

22:00: Giving yourself permission to feel. 

26:00: "Want to" and "have to."

28:00: A message of gratitude. 

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Apr 13, 2020
Coping with Quarantine
00:35:49

Over the last month many people have been stuck at home - occasionally with people they'd rather not be around. Maintaining a healthy relationship can be a struggle under the best of times, let alone during times of stress. On this episode we explore how individuals and families can deal with the interpersonal stress that comes from being stuck together, and the sadness and loss that comes from being separated from things we love.

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Key Topics:

3:00: The costs of sustained stress

4:40: Unique pressures placed on relationships during this time. 

8:00: Specific tools for maintaining a healthy relationship

15:00: How we’ve been supported by our circumstances until now.

17:15: Redefining ourselves during this time.

24:00: Seeing your own good purposes. 

26:00: Experiencing common humanity.

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Apr 06, 2020
Become a Better Friend to Yourself
00:53:10

It's often easier to be a good friend to others than to ourselves. Today we're exploring how to balance constructive and harmful self-criticism, move away from our "act," embrace change, manage feelings of worthlessness, and ultimately be a good friend to ourselves.

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Key Topics:

3:15: A few ways to be kind to yourself.

8:15: Finding your key resources.

12:50: Useful vs. harmful self-criticism. 

15:00: Putting your past in perspective. 

20:15: Moving away from the “act.”

23:00: Finding optimal distance.

28:00: Ways to tune into your own goodness.

34:00: What to do when you don’t feel like a good person.

43:00: Narcissism vs. authentic feelings of goodness. 

46:00: Relating to the self as something that can change. 

50:00: Ego ideal

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Mar 30, 2020
The Gift of Presence
00:34:22

Caroline Welch joins the podcast to help us explore the role of mindfulness in our everyday lives, and how presence can be a particularly valuable tool for women.

Caroline Welch is the CEO and co-founder of the Mindsight Institute. Mindsight, a term coined by Dr. Dan Siegel, is our human capacity to perceive the mind of the self and others. It’s essentially a kind of focused attention that help us observe the working of our own mind, and helps get us off of the autopilot of ingrained behaviors and habitual responses.

Caroline's new book, The Gift of Presence: A Mindfulness Guide for Women, offers a scientifically inspired approach to a simple question: Is there a way for women to live with more calm amid the chaos? 

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Key Topics:

4:00: Aspects of mindfulness that may be particularly important for women.

10:00: Pivoting, and why mindfulness can be a valuable aid to making good choices. 

15:30: Do men and women experience presence differently? 

18:30: The importance of representation. 

21:45: Stories from the book that particularly stuck with Caroline. 

24:15: Multitasking and being “in the moment.”

27:00: Pace, and the right to slow down.

29:00: Regrets of the dying. 

32:00: A message to your younger self. 

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Mar 23, 2020
Fear in the Time of Coronavirus
00:46:42

We haven’t generally done episodes related to current events, but the current events have made things challenging to ignore. The coronavirus pandemic has already placed a heavy toll on society – over a hundred thousand people have already been sick, thousands are dead, businesses, schools, and recreational events have closed, and there's been substantial economic turmoil.

Today we’re exploring how to cope with the natural fears that arise during challenging times, the difference between useful and harmful anxiety, and how we can grow the inner strengths we need to thrive when things get tough.

Key Topics:

4:50: Rick’s approach to this moment.

6:00: Claiming your agency.

10:40: Useful anxiety vs. harmful anxiety.

13:45: What makes something uniquely scary.

18:15: Finding, sometimes not particularly useful, ways to express agency.

22:30: How to start determining which form of anxiety you’re experiencing.

25:00: Three ways to work with excessive negative rumination.

28:30: Tools for managing needless anxiety.

33:00: Recognizing privilege while working through survivor’s guilt. 

36:30: Anger and the sadness underneath it.

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Mar 16, 2020
Healing Trauma with Dr. Peter Levine
00:45:33

Dr. Peter Levine, a legendary expert on the subject of healing trauma, joins Dr. Rick Hanson and Forrest to discuss the power trauma holds over the body, how we can truly connect with others, and simple practices for calming fear and unwinding from trauma. 

Dr. Levine has worked in the field of stress and trauma for over 40 years and is the creator of Somatic Experiencing. He is also the author of the best-selling, classic book on trauma Waking the Tiger. He’s authored and co-authored several other fantastic books including Healing Trauma, In an Unspoken Voiceand Trauma and Memory.

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Timestamps:

03:06: The power of trauma on the body.

13:36: The role of the practitioner during therapy.

19:32: Learning empathetic attunement. 

25:39: What can people who carry trauma, but aren’t seeing anyone for it, do on their own to release it?

34:45: "Big-T" vs. "little-t" trauma

Mar 09, 2020
Childhood Trauma with Dr. Bruce Perry
00:46:36

Dr. Bruce Perry joins Dr. Hanson and Forrest to discuss the incredible impact of childhood experiences, the fuzzy distinction between trauma and stress, and what we can do to heal from those experiences. 

As with all of our episodes dealing with trauma and traumatic experiences, please approach this material with care for yourself in mind. There are specific descriptions during the episode of neglect and abuse, including that perpetrated upon children.

Dr. Perry is one of the world’s leading experts on childhood trauma, and his clinical research and practice focuses on examining the long-term effects of trauma in children, adolescents, and adults. 

He is the Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy, and a Professor at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago and the School of Allied Health at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Perry is also the author, with Maia Szalavitz, of The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog, a bestselling book based on his work with maltreated children, and Born For Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered.

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Timestamps:

01:23: Why do early experiences have such a long-term impact?

05:21: What makes something traumatic rather than being merely stressful?

19:42: The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics.

28:10: Practical examples of treatment for childhood traumas.

35:58: Self-help approaches to healing old trauma.

41:19: A message to your younger self.

Mar 02, 2020
Facing Challenging Experiences
00:42:01

Dr. Hanson and Forrest explore how we can better resource ourselves to face the challenging, and even traumatic, experiences that lie in our past. 

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Timestamps:

03:45: The necessity of eventually contacting trauma material in order to heal.

06:50: Challenges, resources, and vulnerabilities. 

11:20: Key resources for facing challenging experiences. 

16:15: Courage and self-worth.

22:00: General resources for disengaging from activation.

28:00: Contacting challenging material safely.

36:20: The nature of all experiences. 

Feb 24, 2020
How to Build Habits with Charles Duhigg
00:42:01

We all want to build good habits, but doing so is often easier said than done. Charles Duhigg joins the podcast to help us learn how to do just that.

Charles is the author of The Power of Habit, a classic bestseller about the science of habit formation in our lives, companies and societies, and Smarter Faster Better, which focuses on the science of productivity. He was a reporter at the New York Times for a decade, where he was part of a team that won a  Pulitzer prize for explanatory reporting in 2013.

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Timestamps:

01:19: What got you into the study of habits?

03:30: How can we change our habits?

11:56: Is there a difference between how we change internal habits vs. external ones?

18:40: You've been around a lot of very happy, successful people. You've also been around a lot of very successful people who aren't happy. What are the key differences between the two groups? 

25:13: A message to your younger self.

Feb 17, 2020
Becoming Friendly and Fearless in Relationships
00:47:52

In our important relationships at home and at work, we need to respect the needs of others while also sticking up for our own. But that’s often easier said than done. Dr. Daniel Ellenberg joins us today to explore how we can grow the lasting inner resources that allow us to do just that, and ultimately become both “friendly” and “fearless.”

Daniel has been a practicing marriage and family therapist for over 30 years, and is the co-founder of Relationships That Work, and the founder and director of Strength With Heart men’s groups. He’s led workshops at the Esalen Institute, Spirit Rock, the Association of Humanistic Psychology, Stanford University, and, of all places, NASA, and is the co-author of Lovers for Life: Creating Lasting Passion, Trust, and True Partnership.

Key Topics:

  • Understanding bravery as “fearing less” rather than becoming truly “fearless.”
  • Increasingly moving toward “responding” rather than “reacting,” and expanding the space between stimulus and response, by calming the physical fears that arise in interpersonal situations.
  • Developing both inter- and intra-personal skills for effective relating.

Rick and Daniel are teaching a one-day workshop dedicated to the topic of “Friendly and Fearless” on February 21st through the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.  If you aren't in the area, the event will be live streamed, and you can watch it from anywhere in the world. Follow the link to learn more.

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Timestamps:

2:25: What does it mean to be friendly and fearless.

5:05: “Fear less.”

6:20: Conflating social and physical fear.

9:25: Bringing more awareness into interpersonal conflict.

11:45: Increasing the space between stimulus and response. 

13:35: Inter- vs. Intra-personal skills.

15:00: Finding the pause. 

19:50: Finding sensitivity, kindness, and warmth in a conflict. 

22:15: Loving at will. 

24:00: Men, anger, and vulnerability.

28:30: Truly showing interest in others. 

31:20: Giving the gift of not fearing others.

33:00: Changing our self-concept.

40:50: A message to our younger self. 

Feb 10, 2020
Working with Grief with Dr. Joanne Cacciatore
00:45:35

There are some emotions that are so deeply tied to the human experience that it’s impossible to avoid them. One of these is grief, which we have yet to discuss in detail on the podcast. On this episode we’re changing that, and have the pleasure of welcoming Dr. Joanne Cacciatore to the podcast to explore how we can bear the unbearable, and heal the trauma associated with grief.

As with all of our episodes associated with traumatic experiences, please be kind to yourself. Be aware that the material explored here includes descriptions of traumatic events - including bereavement.

Dr. Cacciatore is an Associate professor at Arizona State University and founder of the MISS foundation, a volunteer based organization providing counseling, advocacy, research, and education services to families experiencing the death of a child.

Dr. Cacciatore is also the author of Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief. Her research has been published in a number of peer reviewed journals, and she’s been featured in the New York Times, Boston Globe, CNN, NPR, and the Los Angeles Times.

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Timestamps:

03:30: Joanne's journey. 

11:39: How can we accept and make space for our positive moments even during times of intense suffering?

16:10: Developing resources to cope with challenging emotions.

17:48: Ways to bear the unbearable. 

24:42: Trauma and grief. 

34:59: Working with anger. 

41:02: If you could speak to a younger version of yourself, what would you say?

Feb 03, 2020
Just One Thing: 5% More
00:03:19

On this short episode, Dr. Shauna Shapiro shares the most important thing she does, each day, for her own well-being.  

Shauna's newest book Good Morning, I Love You: Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Practices to Rewire Your Brain for Calm, Clarity, and Joy is now available.

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Jan 31, 2020
Growing Compassion And Mindfulness
00:45:51

Dr. Shauna Shapiro, clinical psychologist, author and internationally recognized expert in mindfulness and self-compassion, joins Dr. Rick Hanson to discuss how we can grow and include compassion alongside mindfulness.

Dr. Shapiro is a professor at Santa Clara University and has published over 150 papers and three critically acclaimed books, translated into 16 languages. Her TEDx Talk, The Power of Mindfulness, has been viewed over a million times.

Her newest book Good Morning, I Love You: Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Practices to Rewire Your Brain for Calm, Clarity, and Joy is now available.

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Timestamps:

07:34: Shauna's personal story.

12:26: Strengths and traits that support mindfulness.

14:21: The attitudes we should build.

21:32: “Good morning, I love you.”.

23:31: A practice of mindfulness.

28:19: Working through self-criticism. 

32:56: What can people do practically if they're feeling helpless about the state of the world?

36:59: Applying mindfulness in the day-to-day.

41:06: How do you keep growing every day?

43:16: A message to your younger self

Jan 27, 2020
Just One Thing: Set Your Intention
00:02:40

Sometimes it's nice to have just one thing to focus on: a simple theme each week to reflect on and be inspired by. On this short episode Dr. Kelly McGonigal shares the most important thing she does, each day, for her own well-being.

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Jan 24, 2020
The Joy of Movement with Dr. Kelly McGonigal
00:48:32

We all know that exercise is good for us, but that doesn't always make it easy to do. Dr. Kelly McGonigal joins Dr. Hanson and Forrest to share some of the surprising benefits of activity, and how to find ease and joy in movement.

Dr. McGonigal is a health psychologist, lecturer at Stanford University, and award-winning science writer. Her scientific research focuses on the mind-body connection, and how to cultivate resilience and compassion. She is the author of several wonderful books, including the international bestseller The Willpower Instinct, The Upside of Stress, and her newest book The Joy of Movement: How exercise helps us find happiness, hope, connection, and courage.

She’s appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Anderson Cooper Show, and CNN’s Vital Signs. Her 2013 TED Talk “How to Make Stress Your Friend” has been viewed over 20 million times.

Today we explore:

  • How movement draws us into social connection.
  • The lasting biological benefits of any movement practice.
  • How to access willpower and align with our values.

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Timestamps:

01:13: Movement as a cure for loneliness.

12:48: How can movement help us express agency?

18:40: Moving past blocks around exercise.

23:31: Why is it that people tend to struggle with sticking with exercise, and what can we do about it?

28:56: How can we work toward success?

33:50: How can people work with their internal inhibitions related to movement?

38:26: Bringing conscious movement to the rest of our day.

43:33: A message to your younger self.

Jan 20, 2020
Just One Thing: Love Yourself
00:02:39

Sometimes it's nice to have just one thing to focus on: a simple theme each week to reflect on and be inspired by. On this short episode Jack Kornfield shares the most important thing he does, each day, for his own well-being.

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Jan 17, 2020
Jack Kornfield on Mindful Awareness
00:57:03

Jack Kornfield, one of the key teachers who introduced Buddhist mindfulness practice to the West, joins Dr. Hanson and Forrest to discuss practice, mindful awareness, and how to view reality altogether. 

Jack is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts, and the Spirit Rock Center in Woodacre, California. His books have been translated into 20 languages and sold more than a million copies. They include: The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology; A Path with Heart; and his most recent book, No Time Like the Present: Finding Freedom, Love, and Joy Right Where You Are.

On this episode we explore:

  • Jack’s experience as a young man traveling to become a monk in Southeast Asia.
  • The nature of awakening and ways to perceive reality.
  • Meditative states, and the goal of meditation.
  • Secular vs. non-secular applications of mindfulness.
  • Turning toward the challenges of the world.

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Jan 13, 2020
Just One Thing: Don't Leave Yourself Out
00:03:10

Sometimes it's nice to have just one thing to focus on: a simple theme each week to reflect on and be inspired by. On this short episode Dr. Tina Bryson shares the most important thing she does, each day, for her own well-being.

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Jan 10, 2020
The Power of Showing Up with Dr. Tina Bryson
00:56:15

Everyone wants to be a good friend, and a great parent. Parenting isn't easy, but there might be some easy ways to simplify the big ideas and boil it down to a few core concepts. Today, Dr. Tina Payne Bryson joins the show to share how we can become better friends, parents, and people.

Dr. Bryson is the bestselling author of The Whole Brain Child, No-Drama Discipline, and The Yes Brain. She’s also the co-author of a new book The Power of Showing Up: How Parental Presence Shapes Who Our Kids Become and How Their Brains Get Wired with Dr. Daniel Siegel.

She’s also the Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Connection, and of The Play Strong Institute, a center devoted to the study, research, and practice of play therapy through a neurodevelopmental lens. She’s made regular appearances in Time, The New York Times, and The Huffington Post, as well as on shows like “Good Morning America.”

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Timestamps:

03:45: Why focus on “showing up?”

08:27: Why is it so important to be “predictable?”

13:01: The 4 S’s.

21:02: How do you respond to parents who hear your information and realize they handled their kids poorly?

29:19: Describing what it means to be “Soothed” and “Secure”

35:27: For those who were in imperfect environments growing up, how can they become more securely attached as adults?

40:12: How can we approach people who aren’t equally good to us?

 49:12: What would you tell a younger version of yourself?

Jan 06, 2020
A Year of Well-Being
00:43:12

On the final episode of 2019, Forrest and Dr. Hanson discuss their favorite episodes from the last year, what they've learned, and their resolutions for 2020.

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Timestamps:

5:30: Who Am I?

15:00: Differentiating parts from the whole.

19:20: Guest experts and interviews.

27:00: What truly changes the brain.

29:20: Resolutions for the new year. 

Dec 30, 2019
Recovering from a Relationship with a Narcissist
00:46:58

Emotionally abusive relationships are sadly very common. Today Dr. Hanson and Forrest explore a subset of those relationships with Dr. Rhonda Freeman, who shares her own journey to recovery from a toxic relationship with a malignant narcissist.

Dr. Freeman is a clinical neuropsychologist. She works with patients diagnosed with neurological conditions, and focuses much of her work on helping people who were involved in toxic or abusive relationships. She is also the founder of Neuroinstincts, and writes for Psychology Today and the Huffington Post, among others.

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02:13: Differences between sociopathy, narcissism, and psychopathy.

04:48: How do sociopathy and narcissism interact?

08:01: Subtle signs of malignant narcissism.

11:12: What kept you in this type of relationship, despite the warning signals?

15:18: Releasing a trauma bond.

23:30: Helping yourself heal.

33:08: Differences between working with a mild and malignant narcissist.

42:14: A message to your younger self.

Dec 23, 2019
Just One Thing: Accept What Is
00:04:42

Dr. Alex Korb shares the most important thing he does, each day, for his own well-being.

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Dec 20, 2019
Depression and the Brain
00:42:13

Dr. Alex Korb joins the podcast to explore the relationship between depression and the brain, including practical tools for intervening during a depressive episode.

Dr. Korb is the author of The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time. He’s studied the brain for over 15 years, and later earned his Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA. He’s also published over a dozen peer-reviewed journal articles on depression, neuromodulation and other topics.

Topics include:

  • The relationship between depression and the structures of the brain.
  • Specific tactics for managing depression and anxiety.
  • How we can work with the brain to impact depressive episodes in positive ways.

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02:30: Do we really care about how others feel?

07:14: Coming to terms with not being able to do everything.

13:15: How does depression work in the brain?

21:20: What is an “upward spiral” or “downward spiral?"

29:54: Have you ever experienced depression?

31:07: Key traits for a happy life.

Dec 16, 2019
Just One Thing: Check Your Assumptions
00:07:47

Liz Fosslien shares the most important thing she does, each day, for her own well-being.

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Dec 13, 2019
Emotions in the Workplace with Liz Fosslien
00:51:04

The modern workplace can be an emotional minefield. For most of us, about a third of our lives will be spent at work. Learning how to work with and manage our internal lives, including our emotions, in that setting is a huge part of becoming a happy, healthy, emotional intelligent human.

On this episode Forrest is joined by the Wall Street Journal best-selling co-author and illustrator of No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work, Liz Fosslien. Liz is also the Head of Content and Editorial at Humu, a company that uses behavioral science to make work better.

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01:52: Why focus on emotions in the workplace?

06:12: Why you should be less passionate about work.

12:10: Shifting workplace culture.

15:48: Establishing and maintaining healthy boundaries.

22:32: Useful and not-useful emotions.

25:54: The importance of “psychological safety.”

31:45: Managing unusual power dynamics.

38:31: What is “forced positivity,” and is it problematic?

42:20: A message to her younger self.

Dec 09, 2019
Just One Thing: Care Fully
00:06:32

Sometimes it's nice to have just one thing to focus on: a simple theme each week to reflect on and be inspired by. On this short episode, Marc Lesser, Forrest, and Dr. Rick Hanson share the most important things they do, each day, for their own well-being.

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Dec 06, 2019
Bringing Mindfulness into the Workplace
00:35:33

There’s a natural tendency to view different elements of our lives as being unique and distinct from one another: what we do at home, or what we do as part of our personal growth journey, is somehow fundamentally different from what we do at work. So what can we do, both as individuals and a collective, to bring those same mindful traits into the workplace?

That's the question we explore today with Marc Lesser, founding CEO of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute.

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01:01: From Zen to NYU.

03:27: Stories from the Zen kitchen.

08:51: Compressing “big” lessons into understood words.

11:32: Does “no-gaining mind” work in a capitalist context?

18:08: What moves you from your home base?

20:23: What is the benefit of having more mindful leaders?

23:35: Critiques of mindfulness.

27:30: The most common questions, and most powerful tools.

32:04: If you could go back in time and tell yourself something, what would you say?

Dec 02, 2019
Getting the Most Out of Therapy
00:48:07

Dr. Hanson and Forrest continue their conversation on therapy with a discussion ranging from how to pay for it to getting the most out of what happens in the room.

As a practicing clinician for over 30 years, Rick's had a lot of people wander through his office. Some of them grew more from the experience than others, and there were some common traits - both on their side and on mine - that tended to lead to the process being particularly beneficial...or particularly not. Today we’re exploring that, alongside a host of other topics.

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02:20: How do you find a therapist?

05:09: What is an “agency”?

06:21: Determining if a therapist is a good fit.

11:06: Affording therapy.

23:00: Managing the experiences of shame associated with seeking help.

29:52: What can someone do to get the most out of therapy?

38:01: Common pitfalls.

Nov 25, 2019
How to Start Therapy
00:47:06

This is the first of two episodes dedicated to a topic near and dear to Dr. Hanson's heart: therapy. Today we're exploring how to start therapy, including different therapy modalities and how to approach seeking out a therapist to work with.

Of course, therapy can be profoundly helpful for acute issues – for instance, the tendencies a person might have related to our series on pathology. But what gets lost sometimes in our general social conversation around therapy is how useful it can be as a general tool for personal explanation and inquiry. 

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04:08: What does therapy look like in real life?

09:34: Different kinds of licenses and what they do.

13:50: Reasons people might go to therapy.

24:38: The traits of good therapists.

35:51: What are the different kinds of therapy?

43:50: Recap

Nov 18, 2019
Just One Thing: Live With Intention
00:02:52

On this short episode, Lori Gottlieb shares the most important thing she does, each day, for her own well being. 

Lori Gottlieb is a New York Times bestselling author, nationally recognized journalist, and weekly “Dear Therapist” columnist for The Atlantic. Her new book Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed has rapidly become one of my favorites.

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Nov 15, 2019
Embracing Therapy with Lori Gottlieb
00:37:54

Psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author Lori Gottlieb joins the show to explore the therapeutic process, the gifts and challenges of being a therapist in therapy, and why you should consider talking to someone.

Lori Gottlieb is a New York Times bestselling author, nationally recognized journalist, and weekly “Dear Therapist” columnist for The Atlantic. Her new book Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed has rapidly become one of my favorites.

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone is a deeply personal, yet universal, tour of what it means to be human. It examines the truths and fictions we tell ourselves and others as we teeter on the tightrope between love and desire, meaning and mortality, guilt and redemption, terror and courage, hope and change.

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01:25: The challenges of seeing our own difficulties.

03:04: What was it like for you, as a practitioner, to go back to the “client chair?"

05:56: Accessing our deeper, younger layers.

10:35: How we can exit a repetitive cycle.

12:42: Shame and self-punishment.

14:22: Relating to your present, past, and future.

17:23: Taking charge of your own learning and growth process.

18:20: How has being in therapy affected your own therapy practice?

20:07: Loneliness, isolation, and gender differences in therapy.

30:40: Overcoming shame around therapy.

33:04: When someone’s in therapy, what can they do to get the most out of it?

34:22: If you could back in time and say something to a younger version of yourself, what would it be?

Nov 11, 2019
Just One Thing: Choose Again
00:02:09

Gabrielle Bernstein shares the most important thing she does, each day, for her own well being. 

Gabby is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of seven books including her newest: Super Attractor: Methods for Manifesting a Life beyond Your Wildest Dreams. She’s been named a “new thought leader” by Oprah on her show SuperSoul Sunday, and been featured on a wide variety of media outlets, including ELLE and The Today Show.

Super Attractor is a journey of remembering where your true power lies. If you'd like to learn more about Super Attractor, follow this link.

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Nov 08, 2019
Gabrielle Bernstein on Anxiety, Outrage, and Claiming Your Purpose
00:48:53

Gabrielle Bernstein joins the show to discuss the fear that stops us from being who we truly are, anxiety and moral outrage, and how to become a Super Attractor.

Gabby is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of seven books including The Universe Has Your Back, Spirit Junky, and her newest book Super Attractor: Methods for Manifesting a Life beyond Your Wildest Dreams. She’s been named a “new thought leader” by Oprah on her show SuperSoul Sunday, and been featured on a wide variety of media outlets, including ELLE and The Today Show.

Super Attractor is a journey of remembering where your true power lies. If you'd like to learn more about Super Attractor, follow this link.

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01:03: Relating to the pressure to perform.

05:52: Key blocks to becoming a Super Attractor.

07:38: The role of fear, and our addiction to it.

09:24: Are we afraid of feeling good?

14:28: What can someone do if they want to move into the mindset of wanting to be more happy, despite the current struggles they’ve encountered?

17:36: What does the line look like between “wise effort” and “manic manifester”?

20:32: Could you share a time recently where you dropped out of alignment, and how you got back into it?

32:40: Moral anger, appropriate outrage, and building a safe container. 

42:53: Moving into a stance of appreciation even when things are hard.

44:32: If you could go back in time and tell a younger version of yourself anything, what would it be?

Nov 04, 2019
Relating to Trauma with Dr. James Gordon
00:25:00

In the second part of our conversation with Dr. James Gordon, we focus on caregiver fatigue, helplessness, and unwinding from trauma at the collective level.

Dr. Gordon is founder and executive director of the nonprofit Center for Mind-Body Medicine. For more than 25 years, he has led teams from the Center to relieve population-wide psychological trauma: during and after wars in the Balkans and Middle East; after climate related disasters in Louisiana, Texas, California, Puerto Rico, Haiti, and California; in communities affected by school shootings; and with active duty U.S. military and veterans and their families.

His latest book, The Transformation: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma, guides us step by step in a comprehensive evidence-based program to reverse the psychological and biological damage that trauma causes - bringing together the latest scientific research, 50 years of clinical experience, timeless wisdom, and inspiring stories.

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Timestamps:

02:00: Staying free inside your own mind.

07:17: Managing care-giver fatigue.

11:09: How do you deal with anger?

17:52: If you could go back in time and tell a younger version of yourself something, what would that be?

21:06: What’s the most important thing you do, each day, for your own well being?

Oct 31, 2019
Recovering From Trauma with Dr. James Gordon
00:30:56

Most people will experience some form of trauma during their lives. Today we explore what we can do to recover from those experiences with a world-class expert on the subject: Dr. James Gordon.

Dr. Gordon is a Harvard-educated psychiatrist, and internationally recognized expert on using self-awareness, self-care, and group support to heal population-wide psychological trauma. He is founder and executive director of the nonprofit Center for Mind-Body Medicine.

His latest book, The Transformation: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma, guides us step by step in a comprehensive evidence-based program to reverse the psychological and biological damage that trauma causes - bringing together the latest scientific research, 50 years of clinical experience, timeless wisdom, and inspiring stories.

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03:04: The Transformation

09:21: The physiological impacts of trauma.

14:53: Recovering from traumatic events.

Oct 28, 2019
Nurturing a Lonely Heart
00:32:35

In part two of Dr. Hanson and Forrest's conversation on Loneliness, they move on to the practical question of what we can do in our lives to overcome experiences of loneliness, and deepen our connection with other people.

This is covered by Rick’s “three point plan” for loneliness, which includes:

  • Taking action
  • Cultivating compassion in ourselves
  • Internalizing readily available social supplies

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00:53: The "three point plan."

02:54: Taking action.

08:03: Cultivating compassion.

17:02: Internalizing social supplies.

23:58: What are the roots of loneliness?

Oct 21, 2019
Just One Thing: Scan Your Body
00:02:40

Sometimes it's nice to have just one thing to focus on: a simple theme each week to reflect on and be inspired by. On this short episode, Vidyamala Burch shares the most important thing she does, each day, for her own well-being.

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Oct 18, 2019
A Way to Manage Chronic Pain
00:42:48

Dr. Rick Hanson and Forrest speak with Vidyamala Burch, co-founder of Breathworks, which offers mindfulness-based approaches to living well with chronic pain, illness or stress. The organization grew out of her own experience with chronic pain as a partial paraplegic, and adapts principles from Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy.

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00:58: Vidyamala's story.

04:55: The story behind Breathworks' approach.

12:08: Basic techniques and practices Breathworks teaches.

15:51: Why doesn't mindfulness make pain worse? Why would I want to be mindful of my pain?

19:20: The power of fully coming into an experience of self.

26:58: General advice for managing chronic pain. 

32:45: How to keep going through the bad days. 

38:20: Recap

Oct 14, 2019
Understanding Your Developmental Story
00:09:18

We've spent many episodes on this podcast discussing the importance of childhood experiences. We may understand this in a general sense, but things can get a lot trickier when it comes time to put our own story together. Part of the process of becoming a mentally healthy person is creating a coherent narrative about how we became the way we are. 

This allows us to put our current traits in their proper perspective, while also putting us back in touch with our deep nature. Sometimes it's possible to see a disconnect between the person we are now and the things that brought us joy as a young person. Reclaiming that deep nature can be a major source of increased well-being as an adult.

On this short episode, Forrest shares his personal journey with loneliness as a young person - and the importance of developing a coherent developmental narrative. 

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Oct 11, 2019
Never Alone, Still Lonely
00:43:27

Dr. Hanson and Forrest explore how we can be surrounded by other people, and still feel alone. They cover the genetic and developmental roots of loneliness, and how loneliness can creep into even our most connected, important relationships.

During our ongoing series on “Who Am I,” we’ve explored psychological conditions of various kinds – many of which are stigmatized and pathologized. You can find them in the DSM - the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which is the primary diagnostic tool published by the American Psychiatric Association.

It’s worth noting that there are a lot of very unpleasant parts of life that no reasonable person would categorize as “disorders.” For instance, there’s no DSM entry for sadness or loneliness. Or frustration, rage, general lack of fulfillment, and so on. There’s a real risk sometimes of over-medicalizing perfectly normal parts of the human experience. Today we're focusing on one of those parts: feelings of loneliness. 

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Oct 07, 2019
Just One Thing: Live the Life You Love
00:02:07

Sometimes it's nice to have just one thing to focus on: a simple theme each week to reflect on and be inspired by. On this short episode, Dr. Jennie Rosier shares the most important thing she does, each day, for her own well-being.

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Oct 03, 2019
Discovering Your Attachment Style
00:49:23

Attachment theory is one of the most influential frameworks in psychology for understanding how people behave in their relationships with others. In this episode, Forrest and Dr. Jennie Rosier explore what attachment theory is, how we can identify our attachment style, and what we can do to build a healthier relationship with our own style and that of others.

Dr. Jennie Rosier is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at James Madison University, the director of The Relationships, Love, & Happiness Project, and the author of two books: Make Love, Not Scrapbooks, and Finding the Love Guru in You. She focuses much of her teaching and research on the communication skills needed to maintain healthy romantic and parent-child relationships.

Dr. Rosier's Adult Attachment Series

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01:05: A summary of attachment theory.

04:15: The attachment styles.

08:26: What do these styles look like practically in relationship?

17:08: How can people self-diagnose what their attachment style is?

20:13: Can you attach yourself to different care-givers differently?

26:22: Are any of these attachment styles more compatible with any of the other styles?

31:46: What can someone do to work with their attachment style, or help their partner work with theirs?

38:49: What do good communicators "look like" in these different attachment styles, as opposed to poor communicators?

43:58: A message to her younger self. 

Sep 30, 2019
Stop Sabotaging Yourself
00:55:02

We all have something we KNOW we should do...but that doesn't mean we actually do it. On this episode Dr. Hanson, Forrest, and Dr. Judy Ho explore the roots of self-sabotage, the four key elements that fuel self-sabotaging behavior, and how we can use tools from cognitive therapy to overcome those behaviors.

Dr. Judy Ho is a clinical and forensic neuropsychologist, and is Associate Professor of Psychology at Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology. She’s appeared as an expert contributor on over 100 shows, including Dr. Drew, CNN Tonight, and Outside the Lines, and co-hosts the CBS daytime talk show Face The Truth.

Her new book is Stop Self-Sabotage: Six Steps to Unlock Your True Motivation, Harness Your Willpower, and Get Out of Your Own Way, It's one of the best explorations of the practical application of CBT we've read - and it has our full recommendation.

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00:52: Why did you choose this particular topic?

01:57: What are the evolutionary roots to self-sabotage?

04:44: Primary ways people self-sabotage.

09:59: Working with self-concept.

13:13: The power of the "dreaded experience."

15:40: Managing social fears.

25:00: The roots of the six triggers.

28:19: How to update your self-concept.

33:00: How can we get better at learning.

37:00: What’s the most important thing you do inside your own mind each day for your own well-being?

40:13: When your virtues are not valued.

45:41: If you could go back in time and tell yourself something, what would it be?

Sep 23, 2019
Managing Bipolar Disorder
00:29:36

Today we're continuing our focus on bipolar disorder by exploring some tools and strategies that people can use to help manage their symptoms, or help loved ones do the same.

This episode explores:

  • Whether we can “cure” bipolar disorder.
  • The difference between having an “episode” and having a “condition.”
  • Approaching chemical interventions.
  • Psychological and lifestyle strategies that can help manage symptoms.
  • Dealing with situations where serious harm is a possibility

As with all of the episodes in this series, please remember that bipolar disorder is best diagnosed by a licensed professional.

Here's the Daylio app that was mentioned during this episode.

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Timestamps:

00:43: Is bipolar disorder considered curable?

05:16: How can someone begin managing their bipolar symptoms?

06:49: Is it possible to manage a manic episode?

09:18: The power of establishing routines.

10:50: Recognizing our vulnerabilities.

15:05: Managing stress and exercising self-control.

18:00: Shame, and recognizing our worth.

21:00: Self-harm.

28:00: Recap

Sep 16, 2019
Just One Thing: Move, Meditate, and Appreciate Life
00:04:03

Sometimes it's nice to have just one thing to focus on: a simple theme each week to reflect on and be inspired by. On this short episode, Marie Forleo shares the most important things she does, each day, for her own well-being.

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Sep 13, 2019
Everything is Figureoutable with Marie Forleo
00:27:20

Today we had the pleasure of speaking with Marie Forleo, named by Oprah as a thought leader for the next generation. She’s the star of MarieTV and host of The Marie Forleo Podcast, and has spent time with a who’s who of thought-leaders and personal development experts, including Tony Robbins, Richard Branson, and Brene Brown.

On this episode Forrest, Dr. Rick Hanson, and Marie explore how we can build a "figureoutable" mindset that allows us to meet our challenges from a place of determination, ingenuity, and openheartedness.

If you’d like to purchase Marie's new book, Everything is Figureoutable, just follow this link.

Find more from Marie at MarieTV and the Marie Forleo Podcast.

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Timestamps:

00:55: Where the idea behind Everything is Figureoutable came from.
07:27: What do you mean by, “figureoutable?”
12:36: For those who don’t have it so easy in life right now, what would you suggest practically for them so they can move into that “figureoutable” mindset?
15:36: Practices for managing fear.
23:13: What Marie would say to a younger version of herself.

Sep 10, 2019
Understanding Bipolar Disorder
00:33:46

Dr. Hanson and Forrest continue their ongoing series on “Who Am I” by focusing on a subset of the depressed mood states which we covered in our last episode in this series: bipolar disorder, formerly known as “manic depressive.”

This episode explores:

  • What distinguishes bipolar disorder from “typical” clinical depression?
  • The different types of bipolar disorder.
  • The range of symptoms that might accompany bipolar.
  • What bipolar disorder “looks like” in an everyday sense.

Depression and depressed mood are major problems for many people, and the material we’re going to get into today will be sensitive in nature. If things start to feel uncomfortable, feel free to skip around or turn it off altogether. As with all of the episodes in this series, please remember that bipolar disorder is best diagnosed by a trained mental health professional.

Timestamps:

01:30: What distinguishes bipolar disorder from clinical depression?

05:07: Is there a reason why the name “Manic Depressive” was changed to “Bipolar Disorder”?

06:59: What are some of the diagnostic criteria for a manic episode?

14:46: The different kinds of bipolar disorder.

23:36: What bipolar disorder looks like day-to-day.

Sep 02, 2019
Just One Thing: Care Less About What Others Think
00:02:19
Aug 29, 2019
How to Deal with a Narcissist with Ramani Durvasula
00:44:06
Aug 26, 2019
Overcoming a Depressed Mood
00:46:16
Aug 19, 2019
Understanding Depression and Depressed Mood
00:40:00
Aug 13, 2019
Just One Thing: Cherish Others
00:02:27
Aug 08, 2019
On Death and Dying with Roshi Joan Halifax
00:32:36
Aug 05, 2019
Mailbag: Overcoming Self-Criticism
00:35:18
Jul 29, 2019
Just One Thing: Welcoming
00:03:11
Jul 25, 2019
Fear and Fearlessness
00:37:33
Jul 22, 2019
Mailbag: Helping Challenging Family Members
00:31:02
Jul 15, 2019
Just One Thing: Love Your Life
00:02:30
Jul 11, 2019
Finding Your Pivot with Adam Markel
00:36:36
It's easy to "go with the flow" during our often busy lives. When things are going well this is great, but when our lives are less satisfying inertia can be a powerful enemy. To get out of a rut, we need to learn how to "pivot" in order to make the big changes hat can point us in the right direction. Today's guest, Adam Markel, helps us learn how to do just that.
Jul 08, 2019
Managing Borderline Personality Disorder
00:52:12
We all have good days and bad days, but some people change more frequently and are hit harder by change than others. On today's episode, Dr. Hanson and Forrest continue their series on “Who Am I” by exploring at a particularly intense, but surprisingly common, version of this: Borderline Personality Disorder.
Jul 01, 2019
Just One Thing: Sonja Lyubomirsky
00:03:10
Dr. Lyubomirsky shares the most important thing she does, each day, for her own happiness.
Jun 27, 2019
The How of Happiness with Sonja Lyubomirsky
00:26:14
There’s endless advice out there about how to become happier, but what's proven and what's just anecdotal? On this episode Dr. Hanson and Forrest are joined by one of the leading researchers on the scientific study of human happiness: Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky.
Jun 24, 2019
How to Deal with a Sociopath
00:42:34
Dr. Hanson and Forrest continue their series on “Who Am I” by looking at one of the most well-known personality disorders: sociopathy.
Jun 17, 2019
101st Episode Special
00:41:57
We made it to episode 101! On today's special episode, Forrest talks with Dr. Rick Hanson about his personal journey.
Jun 11, 2019
Just One Thing: Emotional Intelligence
00:04:57
On this short episode, Dr. Daniel Goleman and Michele Nevarez share the most important thing they do, each day, for their own happiness.
Jun 06, 2019
Emotional Intelligence with Daniel Goleman
00:35:59
Today we’re exploring one of the most important topics when it comes to our personal happiness, achievement, and general social functioning: Emotional Intelligence. Dr. Hanson and Forrest are joined by Dr. Daniel Goleman, author of the many-time bestseller Emotional Intelligence.
Jun 03, 2019
How Not to Become Your Parents
00:35:50
We all have tendencies in our relationships, and particularly our important ones. Some of these are good, while others can be destructive. And sometimes we might find ourselves in cycles where the trajectory of all our important relationships tends to look the same. On this episode Dr. Hanson and Forrest explore why that is, and what we can do about it.
May 27, 2019
Bringing Strength to Compassion with Kristin Neff
00:20:34
In the second part of their conversation with Dr. Kristin Neff, Forrest and Dr. Hanson speak with her about how we can be compassionate under challenging circumstances. Particularly, how can we bring strength to compassion without tipping into anger?
May 23, 2019
Self-Compassion with Kristin Neff
00:20:06
We all have a negative voice that lives inside our heads, and it’s very challenging to perform at our best when we’re not kind and supportive of ourselves. On this episode, Dr. Hanson and Forrest are joined by one of the world’s leading experts on self-compassion, Dr. Kristin Neff. In the first part of their conversation, they explore the nature of self-compassion, including why it's such an essential skill for personal growth.
May 20, 2019
Mailbag: Building Resilient Relationships
00:38:19
Forrest and Dr. Hanson answer two questions from listeners related to our important relationships. In the first part, they explore how can we raise resilient children. In the second, they focus on challenging workplace relationships.
May 13, 2019
The Science of a Meaningful Life with Jason Marsh
00:35:00
Intuition and personal insight can be powerful tools for determining our individual paths toward well being. But sometimes it's nice to refer to some good, old fashioned empirical evidence, and check in with what the research has to say about a given question! On this episode Dr. Hanson and Forrest are joined by Jason Marsh, the founding editor-in-chief of Greater Good Magazine, published by the Greater Good Science Center. Together they explore key, research-based insights into living a meaningful life.
May 06, 2019
Confidence or Narcissism?
00:40:05
Dr. Hanson and Forrest continue their series on “Who Am I” by exploring narcissism and narcissistic personality disorder. Specifically, how can we take in the healthy narcissistic supplies we need to become confident, effective individuals without falling prey to unhealthy narcissistic tendencies?
Apr 29, 2019
Mailbag: Learning to Let Go
00:31:29
Dr. Hanson and Forrest answer questions from listeners that explore how we can release our attachment to different experiences, and learn to let go.
Apr 22, 2019
Just One Thing: Oren Jay Sofer
00:09:26
Author and mindfulness teacher Oren Jay Sofer shares the one thing he does each day for his own well-being.
Apr 18, 2019
Learning Nonviolent Communication
00:41:49
How often are we truly our best selves when we communicate with other people? To help us learn how to operate better inside of our most challenging relationships, Forrest and Dr. Hanson are joined by the author of Say What You Mean, Oren Jay Sofer.
Apr 15, 2019
Mailbag: Dealing with Hysteria and Violent Media
00:31:14
Today's special mailbag episode focuses on questions from listeners related to things that can hijack our attention, specifically hysterical and violent forms of media.
Apr 08, 2019
Finding the Sweet Spot with Christine Carter
00:25:03
In part two of their conversation with Dr. Christine Carter, Dr. Hanson and Forrest explore the "Sweet Spot," that place of effortless effectiveness where we can be both productive and relaxed. Our relationships with other people are one of the major influences that can pull us out of that sweet spot, so they are once again a major focus during this episode.
Apr 05, 2019
Just One Thing: Christine Carter
00:03:54
Christine Carter shares the most important thing she does each day for her own well-being: finding the time to meditate and accept herself as she is.
Apr 03, 2019
Parenting and Intimate Relationships with Christine Carter
00:26:38
Parenting and forming strong intimate relationships can be challenging under the best of circumstances, and life is rarely perfect. In this episode Dr. Hanson and Forrest speak with Dr. Christine Carter, author of *Raising Happiness* and *The Sweet Spot,* about how we can form strong intimate relationships with our children, parents, and partners.
Apr 01, 2019
Just One Thing: Dave Asprey
00:03:40
Dave Asprey shares the most important thing he does each day for his own well-being.
Mar 29, 2019
Becoming Bulletproof with Dave Asprey
00:44:09
Dave Asprey is the founder and CEO of Bulletproof, a bestselling author, and an award winning podcaster. Today Forrest and Dr. Hanson talk with Dave about the power of bio-hacking, what truly motivates people to perform at the highest level, and the relationship between peak performance and well-being.
Mar 25, 2019
Healing Shame with Compassion
00:42:40
We explore how compassion can serve as an antidote to shame with Dr. Chris Germer, a clinical psychologist and lecturer on psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
Mar 18, 2019
Understanding Shame
00:35:59
Dr. Hanson and Forrest continue their series on "Who Am I" by exploring one of the fundamental human experiences: shame.
Mar 11, 2019
Gretchen Rubin on Happiness and Habit
00:49:25
Forrest and Dr. Hanson speak with many-time bestselling author, award-winning podcaster, and explorer of happiness, good habits, and human nature Gretchen Rubin.
Mar 04, 2019
Understanding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
00:37:30
In this episode Forrest and Dr. Hanson continue their series on "Who Am I" with an exploration of tendencies related to obsessive compulsive disorder.
Feb 25, 2019
Minimalism with Matt D'Avella
00:52:19
Forrest and Matt D’Avella, director of the Netflix documentary Minimalism. explore why minimalism changed Matt's life, how we can become more fulfilled by redefining success, and the importance of taking the first step toward distant goals.
Feb 18, 2019
Managing Anxiety and Fear
00:37:10
Dr. Hanson and Forrest continue their series on “Who Am I” by exploring the “how” of managing anxiety. This includes calming and settling ourselves during anxious states, reducing our “trait” of anxiety, and working with others to help them manage their own fears.
Feb 11, 2019
Grit with Angela Duckworth
00:44:32
Dr. Hanson and Forrest speak with Dr. Angela Duckworth, one of the world’s leading researchers on the subject of grit. Together, they explore how we can become more passionate and learn to persevere when times get tough.
Feb 04, 2019
Why We Worry
00:39:23
Dr. Hanson and Forrest continue their series on the central question “Who Am I” by exploring subjects related to the development of anxiety, fear, and wariness.
Jan 28, 2019
Managing Worry with Lori Deschene
00:36:00
Forrest and Lori Deschene, founder of TinyBuddha.com, explore how we can learn to manage paralyzing experiences of anxiety and worry.
Jan 21, 2019
Season 3: Who Am I?
00:42:04
Dr. Hanson and Forrest begin a new series of episodes dedicated to a simple question: Who am I? To explore this big question, they start by going into what creates our individual variation in personality and temperament, how we’re impacted by our genes and environment, the ups and downs of personality typing, and just how in control of our own nature we really are.
Jan 14, 2019
Caring For Yourself with Tara Brach
00:41:06
It’s easy for our New Year's aspirations and goals to come wrapped in a package of self-criticism. To help fight that, Dr. Rick Hanson is joined by Dr. Tara Brach for this special episode. Rick and Tara explore the importance of self-caring how we can grow this critical resource inside ourselves, and why it’s not selfish to be on your own side.
Jan 07, 2019
Maximizing New Year's Resolutions
00:39:01
Today's episode focuses on getting the most out of your New Year's Resolutions!
Dec 31, 2018
Ep. 50: Widening The Circle Of Us
00:39:30
Dr. Hanson and Forrest conclude their yearlong journey through the 12 strengths with a final episode dedicated to opening our hearts to all beings.
Dec 24, 2018
Ep. 49: Forgiving Yourself
00:26:11
In the second of our two episodes dedicated to Forgiveness, Dr. Hanson and Forrest explore the tender territory of forgiving yourself.
Dec 17, 2018
Ep. 48: The Gift of Forgiveness
00:36:44
Dr. Hanson and Forrest explore one of the most important, and challenging, ways we can give to other people: Forgiveness.
Dec 10, 2018
Ep. 47: Appreciating Your Generosity
00:31:07
Dr. Hanson and Forrest begin the final strength, Generosity, with an episode dedicated to seeing the many ways we give every day more clearly.
Dec 03, 2018
Ep. 46: How to Give What's in Your Heart
00:29:41
Dr. Hanson and Forrest bring the strength of Aspiration to a close with an episode dedicated framing our actions as offerings to others.
Nov 26, 2018
Ep. 45: Aspiration Without Attachment
00:32:50
Dr. Hanson and Forrest explore how we can "aspire without attachment;" dreaming big dreams and pursuing them with commitment, while also being at peace with whatever happens.
Nov 19, 2018
Ep. 44: Honoring Your Childhood Dreams
00:39:09
Dr. Hanson and Forrest explore how we can learn from and bring to life our childhood dreams - a key part of Aspiration.
Nov 13, 2018
Ep. 43: Aspiration with Dr. Dan Siegel
01:01:12
Today we’re beginning a new strength, Aspiration, with a conversation between Dr. Hanson and Dr. Dan Siegel. During this episode, Dr. Siegel will explain how you can use “mindsight" to tap into the dreams you had as a child, and honor those aspirations as an adult.
Nov 05, 2018
Ep. 42: Repairing Relationships
00:29:33
At even the best of times, our relationships require a natural process of correction – let’s call it repair – to clear up little misunderstandings and ease points of friction. Doing that skillfully is the focus of today's episode.
Oct 29, 2018
Ep. 41: How to Assert Yourself Effectively
00:38:48
Relationships go smoothly when everyone wants the same things. But how common is that? On this episode, Forrest and Dr. Hanson continue the strength of Courage by exploring how we can assert ourselves effectively.
Oct 22, 2018
Ep. 40: Speaking from the Heart
00:45:18
Think about the weight of what’s been unsaid in your relationships. What have the effects been on you and other people? Today we’ll explore how to express those undelivered communications, and "speak from the heart" with kindness and skill.
Oct 15, 2018
Ep. 39: People Aren't Dependable. Now What?
00:22:29
We have a natural desire to trust a reliable world - but life happens, and no person or organization is perfectly dependable. So we have to learn how to manage that natural undependability, which is the focus of this episode.
Oct 08, 2018
Ep. 38: How to Keep Your Eyes On the Prize
00:36:17
Whether at home or at work, it’s easy to spend more time dwelling on the faults of others than reflecting on the room for improvement in oneself. Unilateral virtue is what we draw upon when we focus on our own side of the street.
Oct 02, 2018
Ep. 37: Become Kinder and More Compassionate
00:26:01
Dr. Hanson and Forrest discuss why it’s so important to our intimate relationships to warm the heart, and develop greater compassion and kindness as personal traits.
Sep 24, 2018
Ep. 36: How to Become More Empathic
00:34:52
Dr. Hanson and Forrest continue their discussion of Intimacy by focusing on building empathy, which allows us to tune into and understand other people.
Sep 17, 2018
Ep. 35: Developing Intimacy and Autonomy
00:36:58
Dr. Hanson and Forrest begin a new strength, Intimacy, with a discussion focused on how to balance two seemingly conflicting goals: maintaining our independence from other people while also forging emotionally intimate relationships with them.
Sep 10, 2018
Ep. 34: Learn to Pursue Your Goals
00:30:48
On this unique episode, Forrest interviews Dr. Hanson about his personal story of motivation – including how to transform from someone who lacks a natural feeling of motivation to someone who can diligently pursue their goals.
Sep 05, 2018
Ep. 33: How to Motivate Yourself
00:50:06
We all have things we know would be good to do, but it’s hard to do them. On this episode, Dr. Rick Hanson and Forrest focus on a key aspect of motivation: how we can incline our minds to break bad habits, and want the things that are good for it.
Aug 27, 2018
Ep. 32: Use Passion Without Stress
00:29:35
On this episode, Dr. Hanson and Forrest continue the strength of Motivation by exploring how we can use healthy passion without falling victim to unhealthy righteousness, anger, and stress.
Aug 20, 2018
Ep. 31: Motivation Without Attachment
00:34:38
On this episode, Dr. Rick Hanson and Forrest begin the strength of Motivation with an episode that explores how we can pursue our goals with passion and purpose, without becoming painfully attached to them.
Aug 13, 2018
Ep. 30: 7 Ways Past Anger
00:40:10
Dr. Rick Hanson and Forrest conclude the strength of Calm with an episode dedicated to exploring seven ways we can work with anger skillfully.
Aug 06, 2018
Ep. 29: Injustice and Anger
00:39:19
Dr. Rick Hanson and Forrest talk about managing one of our most difficult emotions: anger. Specifically, they focus on how we can distinguish between skillful and unskillful anger, particularly relating to issues of social justice.
Jul 30, 2018
Ep. 28: How to Feel Safe
00:37:15
Dr. Rick Hanson and Forrest discuss how we can fight back against fear and learn to feel safer. They explore ways to reduce anxiety, identify resources, and deal with the real challenges of life.
Jul 23, 2018
Ep. 27: Avoiding Needless Fear
00:26:19
On today’s episode of the Being Well Podcast, Dr. Rick Hanson and Forrest discuss how to manage and reduce a particular kind of fear: paper tiger paranoia. This fear is characterized by needless anxiety that comes from the brain’s creation of imaginary threats.
Jul 16, 2018
Ep. 26: Use Calm to Fight Stress
00:32:01
On today’s episode of the Being Well Podcast, Dr. Hanson and Forrest begin a new series of episodes exploring the strength of Calm. Particularly, they focus on how we can learn to activate the calming wing of the nervous system to fight back against stress.
Jul 09, 2018
Ep. 25: How to Feel "Like a Good Person"
00:22:12
On today’s episode of the Being Well Podcast, Dr. Hanson and Forrest wrap up the strength of Confidence with an episode dedicated to the experience of “feeling like a good person.”
Jul 02, 2018
Ep. 24: Managing Your Inner Critic
00:26:22
On this episode of the Being Well Podcast, Forrest and Dr. Hanson discuss the two “characters” we all have inside our minds: the inner critic and inner nurturer. Particularly, they focus on how we can manage our inner critic while building up a strong inner nurturer.
Jun 25, 2018
BONUS: Paul Gilbert on Confidence
01:10:19
On today’s episode of the Being Well Podcast, Dr. Hanson interviews Dr. Paul Gilbert, professor of clinical psychology at the University of Darby and the founder of compassion focused therapy. They explore how we can grow a healthy sense of self-worth, be honest without being critical, and stop undermining our own confidence.
Jun 18, 2018
Ep. 23: Stop Punishing Yourself
00:24:04
On this episode of the Being Well Podcast, Dr. Hanson and Forrest talk about how we can avoid “second darts” – our negative reactions to the painful experiences of life that are often more harmful than those experiences themselves.
Jun 13, 2018
Ep. 22: Secure and Insecure Attachment
00:43:11
On this episode of the Being Well Podcast, Dr. Hanson and Forrest begin the strength of Confidence with an exploration of “attachment theory.” Particularly, they focus on how adults who may have had challenging childhood relationships can become more securely attached in the here and now.
Jun 04, 2018
Ep. 21: How to Be Happy for Other People
00:24:39
Dr. Hanson and Forrest have a conversation about “the happiness that is always available”: happiness for others. Particularly, they explore how feelings of altruistic joy can be a powerful antidote for experiences of disappointment and envy.
May 28, 2018
Ep. 19: Take in the Good
00:21:48
On today’s episode of the Being Well Podcast, Dr. Hanson and Forrest look at the role fully taking in the good things in life has in the process of building mental strengths.
May 14, 2018
Ep. 18: Why Gratitude Is a Gift to Yourself
00:32:28
On today’s episode of the Being Well Podcast, Dr. Hanson and Forrest move on to the fifth of the twelve strengths they’ll be covering during this series: Gratitude. During this episode they explore the role of positive emotions generally, and particularly the value of “thankfulness.”
May 07, 2018
Ep. 20: Forming a Healthy Relationship with Goals
00:32:24
On today’s episode of the Being Well Podcast, Dr. Hanson and Forrest explore our relationship with goals of various kinds. Particularly, they look at how we can feel more successful by noticing the many small goals we accomplish each day, and fully internalizing that experience so it becomes a lasting resource.
May 05, 2018
Ep. 17: Relating to Your Body
00:24:56
On today’s episode of the Being Well Podcast, Dr. Hanson and Forrest discuss the strength of Vitality, and how it relates to grit. They explore how we can form more positive relationships with our bodies by accepting, nurturing, and appreciating them.
Apr 30, 2018
Ep. 16: Using Your Fierceness
00:31:14
On today’s episode of the Being Well Podcast, Dr. Hanson and Forrest talk about a particularly challenging aspect of the strength of determination: fierceness. They explore how the ‘feral’ parts of our mind can be a powerful resource, and how we can use that inner strength rather than be used by it.
Apr 23, 2018
Ep. 15: How to Become More Determined
00:25:44
On today’s episode of the Being Well Podcast, Dr. Rick Hanson and Forrest continue their focus on the strength of Grit with determination. Particularly, they look at the different aspects of determination, and explore how we can grow each of them over time.
Apr 18, 2018
Ep. 14: The Power of Agency
00:26:41
On today’s episode of the Being Well Podcast, Dr. Hanson begins a new focus on the fourth of the twelve strengths he’ll be covering throughout this series: Grit. Particularly, this episode explores how to grow agency – an aspect of grit where we feel like a cause rather than an effect.
Apr 09, 2018
Ep. 13: Remove the Bad with the Good
00:31:48
On today’s episode of the Being Well podcast, Dr. Rick Hanson and Forrest discuss "linking" - how we can use new, positive experiences to soften and eventually replace old, negative ones.
Apr 02, 2018
Ep. 12: Finding What You Really Need
00:29:17
On today’s episode of the Being Well podcast, Dr. Hanson and Forrest talk about how we can find and use “key resource experiences” – experiences that we can match to our unique vulnerabilities in order to grow the strengths we need the most.
Mar 27, 2018
Ep. 11: Make Your Learning Last
00:31:41
On today’s episode, Dr. Rick Hanson explores the “installation” stage of learning in detail, including how we can internalize the various positive aspects of any experience to grow the strengths we need the most.
Mar 19, 2018
Ep. 10: H.E.A.L. Yourself
00:26:44
On today’s episode of the Being Well podcast, Dr. Rick Hanson beings his focus on the strength of Learning with a critical question: HOW can we grow the positive traits we want more of inside ourselves? To do this, he explains the HEAL process that allows us to learn from our experiences more effectively.
Mar 12, 2018
Ep. 9: Respond, Don't React
00:27:37
On today’s episode of the Being Well Podcast, Dr. Hanson explains why it’s important to respond to challenges from the “green zone” of the brain rather than reacting instinctively from the “red zone.” He then explores the biology behind these two systems, the role of mindfulness in moving from one to the other, and how to combat the brain’s evolved negativity bias.
Mar 05, 2018
Ep. 8: How to Meet Your Needs
00:20:11
In this episode of the Being Well Podcast, Dr. Hanson explains why it’s not so bad to be “needy.” We all have needs for safety, satisfaction, and connection, the question is how can we meet them skillfully?
Feb 27, 2018
Ep. 7: Dealing with the Mind
00:30:23
On this episode, Dr. Rick Hanson explains the three ways we can skillfully 'deal with' our complicated minds. This includes practical ways to truly be with our experience, let go of negative thoughts and feelings, and plant new flowers in the garden of the mind.
Feb 20, 2018
Ep. 6: Mindfulness
00:19:55
Today Dr. Rick Hanson begins this month's topic of Mindfulness, particularly focusing on how we can use mindfulness in practical ways in the flow of our daily lives.
Feb 12, 2018
Ep. 5: Take the Time to Enjoy Life
00:18:05
On today’s episode of the Being Well Podcast, Dr. Rick Hanson explains why enjoying life is both easy to dismiss and surprisingly hard to do. Particularly, he explores how we can authentically find enjoyable moments even during very difficult times in our lives.
Feb 05, 2018
Ep. 4: Accept to Grow
00:20:15
On this episode of the Being Well Podcast, Dr. Hanson and Forrest focus on the importance of acceptance. Particularly, they talk about how an authentic moment of acceptance can be a catalyst for positive growth.
Jan 29, 2018
Ep. 3: How to Grow Self-Compassion
00:17:50
Today Dr. Hanson and Forrest explore how to use self-compassion to reduce rumination, feel safe while taking big risks, and improve our relationships with other people. They also explain what makes self-compassion different from self-pity or being on your own side.
Jan 22, 2018
Ep. 2: Being On Your Own Side
00:18:51
In this episode, Dr. Hanson focuses on the importance of self-compassion - and particularly on why it's important to get "on your own side" in order to create lasting, positive change in the brain.
Jan 16, 2018
Season 2, Ep. 1: Introducing Resilience
00:15:03
In the first episode of his new series on Resilience, Dr. Hanson explains the importance of Resilience and HOW we can begin to grow this key strength.
Jan 09, 2018
20: The Foundation of Mindfulness
00:29:33
This week Dr. Hanson continues our focus on mindfulness with a presentation on the foundation of the four foundations of mindfulness. This includes an exploration of mindfulness in general, and the application of mindfulness to several key topics.
Oct 27, 2016
19: Mindfulness with Jack Kornfield
00:59:27
Today Dr. Hanson returns with a very special interview with Jack Kornfield. Jack discusses how you can develop the willingness, courage, and capacity to become more present and more self-aware, as well as how you can overcome physical and emotional pain to direct your attention to well-being.
Oct 05, 2016
18: Speaking From the Heart Practice
00:16:13
Today Dr. Hanson completes the current theme of effective communication with an experiential practice focused on Speaking from the Heart. It’s a nice way to bring together all of the material we’ve covered in this theme.
Aug 25, 2016
17: Speaking with Heart
00:26:09
Today we have a very special episode on the importance of speaking from the heart. A lot of people struggle with expressing their deep desires to the meaningful people in their life – but it’s one of the most important aspects of effective communication.
Aug 17, 2016
16: Finding and Keeping a Healthy Relationship
00:32:38
In this special bonus episode, Dr. Hanson is interviewed by his son Forrest on the nature of relationships, what some big "red flags" are, and how to create a frame of effective communication with the people you care about. It's a fun episode, hope you enjoy it!
Aug 09, 2016
15: Squabbles Are Impermanent
00:26:39
In today's special episode, Dr. Hanson looks at interactions in relationships through a slightly different lens - focusing on how understanding the impermanence of our grievances with others can lead to greater happiness in our relationships.
Aug 01, 2016
14: Speaking with Empathy
00:26:38
Today Dr. Hanson begins a new focus on effective communication with an episode on empathy. He gives a quick overview of how empathy functions in the brain before diving into why empathy is so important in our relationships with other people, and how we can be empathic while still maintaining our autonomy!
Jul 28, 2016
13: Feeling Cared About
00:20:15
Today Dr. Hanson walks you through an experiential practice designed to get you in touch with a deeper sense of feeling cared about by others. Just as it’s important to care for other people, it’s also important to feel cared for!
Jul 25, 2016
12: The Dance of Intimacy and Autonomy
00:11:15
Sometimes it’s great to have just one thing to focus on: a simple theme each week to reflect on and be inspired by. Today on this special "Just One Thing" episode, Dr. Hanson explains the relationship between intimacy and autonomy - and why a strong sense of self is so important to building fulfilling relationships with other people.
Jul 22, 2016
11: Intimacy With Linda Graham
00:59:08
Today we’re continuing our new theme focused on building inner strengths related to relationships and effective communication with a wonderful interview with psychotherapist Linda Graham. We focus on the topic of Intimacy, and particularly on how development as a child can impact our relationships later in life.
Jul 11, 2016
10: Me And We
00:26:30
On this episode of Being Well we start a new theme focusing on developing strengths for effective relationships. Today Dr. Hanson zeros in on the balance between two desires that’s fundamental to regulating our needs for closeness and connection to other people, one for intimacy and one for autonomy - or what he refers to as "Me and We."
Jul 08, 2016
9: JOT - Take in the Good
00:10:44
Dr. Hanson explains the concept of “Just One Thing,” and applies it to his technique of Taking in the Good.
Jul 05, 2016
8: Bonus: Q&A with Forrest Hanson
00:20:19
In today's special bonus episode, Dr. Hanson is interviewed by his son Forrest, who asks him a variety of questions on the importance of happiness, growing up under different conditions, and why it's important to develop inner strengths in the first place.
Jul 01, 2016
7: The H-E-A-L Process
00:25:52
Dr. Hanson explains how we can actually go about the process of growing the good stuff in your mind and life – especially in the face of the brain’s negativity bias. To do this, we can use a method called “Taking in the Good.”
Jun 27, 2016
6: Self-Compassion Practice
00:23:25
In this simple audio practice Dr. Hanson continues to explore the material around self-compassion, and developing a deep sense of being “for yourself!”
Jun 23, 2016
5: Being For Yourself
00:27:00
Many people are much better at being “for others” than they are at being “for themselves.” In this episode Dr. Hanson explains how to develop a fundamental stance of being on your own side.
Jun 20, 2016
4: Use The Mind To Change The Brain
00:34:05
In this episode Dr. Hanson explains how we can use the attention of the mind to change the physical structures of our brain for the better! This is one of his "big ideas," so it's a key episode to listen to!
Jun 16, 2016
3: Gratitude with Gretchen Rubin
00:53:22
This week Dr. Hanson interviews Gretchen Rubin, the bestselling author of the Happiness Project and host of Happier with Gretchen Rubin. Learn Gretchen’s key tips for happiness, what the “bad trance” is and how you can avoid it, and the power of good habits!
Jun 13, 2016
2: Befriending Yourself
00:11:04
On this episode of the podcast Dr. Rick Hanson leads you through a simple guided practice designed to get you "on your own side.” He explores a number of ways to cultivate a deep sense of being a friend to yourself – just as you are to many other people in your life.
Jun 09, 2016
1: How to Build A Happier Brain
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Welcome to Being Well with Dr. Rick Hanson! On this podcast we’ll learn how to increase our everyday happiness, build inner strengths, and get the most out of life. On our first episode, Dr. Hanson gives an overview of some of the central questions this podcast will try to answer: Why does your brain have what scientists call a “negativity bias”? What does this mean? And what are some of the things we can do to build a happier, healthier brain?
Jun 04, 2016